Volleyball Player's Guide to Finger Taping

Whether you're a hitter or a blocker, you're going to do some damage to your fingernails while practicing and playing. Here's a quick tip for players--that practice so often their fingernails break away from the finger--to help them avoid bleeding and pain.

No Pain, No Gain

Personally, I had to tape my fingers to keep this from happening in college. I went through MANY ways of taping before I figured out the right way. So, I offer the form that I painfully learned.

How to Tape Your Fingers

  • First, take a piece of tape about three inches long and place one end where your fingerprint is.
  • Bring it over your nail pulling tightly and press tape down on your fingernail (this acts like a butterfly stitch).
  • Then, take a piece of tape about three inches long and tape AROUND your finger, to keep the tape in place.

After this is done correctly, it should keep your fingers from bleeding. Be very careful taking them off; you'll see why.

Play hard and good luck with your taping.

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